March 22, 1896
[Mr. Big Hat's
TO CORRESPONDENTS -- When writing letters to Big Hat's department for publication, write on one side of the paper only. Printers never turn their copy, and the editor has no time to rewrite half, or even part, of your letters. Give your full name and address. Anonymous letters are never printed. These rules are imperative.
GERALD ELLIOTT, Abilene, Taylor Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little boy 6 years old, and I have a friend called Bus who reads the letters out of The News to me. I like to hear them very much. I have a dog called Pepper and she has killed seventy-five prairie dogs, and she is not 2 years old yet. I have a cat. Her name is Samantha Allen, and she is a great mouser. Last week she ate twenty-three mice. My grandma teaches me my lessons.
RICHIE GREER, Whitney, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I never have attempted to write to The News, I will do so now. My deskmate is Nellie Ballard. I like her very much. I have only one sister and one brother. I will tell you what I got Christmas: A stationery box, silk handkerchief, Christmas card and card receiver and some other things. I am 9 years old. In our room at school we have thirty-four scholars. On Jan. 12 I had a little doll party. I had a very nice time. There were twenty-six here. We had refreshments -- candy, apples and cakes. Miss Bonnet, come often. I got on my birthday a cup and saucer and picture frame. I can't write much with pen and ink, because this is the first time I ever wrote a letter with pen and ink.
CORTIS RENDER, Quanah, Hardeman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you admit another little cousin? I am a little boy 12 years of age. I am not going to school now. I study geography, fourth reader, spelling and arithmetic. My papa takes The News. I like to read the cousins' letters. I live one mile north of Red river in Greer county. I have no brothers nor sisters. I help my mamma wash. I have ten pets, eight cows, one horse and a dog.
ROWENA WADDELL, Hubbard City, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: Here I come again. I live about four miles south of Hubbard City. I came here from Arkansas about three years ago. This morning the sun is shining and the birds are singing their sweet songs. It seems like a spring morning. Miss Big Bonnet, you must get into Mr. Big Hat's chair often and write to The News. I pick cotton when there is any to pick. The most I ever picked in a day was 147 pounds. Why don't Bessie Bee come again. She writes such nice letters. I will ask a question. Who was the first governor of Texas? What is the meaning of the Indian name, "Pocahontas?" People around here are plowing all that the rain will let them. I love to go to school. I try to learn my lessons well. Cousins, how many of you say speeches at school? I have said a good many, but I don't like to say them. Genevieve Myrdock, come again. Your letters are interesting. Where has Mira Moore of Taylor gone to -- the one that wrote that piece about the little Mexican girl? I wish she would write again. I have two stepsisters and one stepbrother. I have two sisters and three brothers dead. My oldest brother got drowned. He was 15 years old; that was about six or seven years ago.
JOE C. GRAVES,
Kosse, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I wrote
Mr. Big Hat a letter last night, and was ready to send it, when
I noticed some inkstains on it, and I said: "Peggy will
be sure to get this," and I looked at it again and said:
"No he will never see this letter," and into the fire
it went. What has become of our old writers? Perhaps the boys
are off on a hunt. The last I heard of the girls, a poor, little
harmless mouse had one perched upon a chair with fright. I venture
to say there isn't a girl in Texas but what is afraid of a mouse.
But they are ahead of us in letter writing now, and will be farther
ahead than ever if we don't get a move on ourselves. Lawrence
Fountain and Lawrence Neff, come again. Louise Groce, my little
brother, got into a little scrap yesterday too. He went into
a side room and got the door fastened so he couldn't get out,
and we had to prize the door off. How many of the boy cousins
plow? I have been plowing every day, but it rained last night
and it is too wet to plow this morning. I will ask a question
and would like for some one to answer it.
W. B. WILSON, Kosse, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another timid little fellow, about 5894 days old, begging permission to join your happy band. I am a farmer boy, and my educational advantages have not been very good, but I am proud to say I have done my best to improve, and I want to know how many of the cousins can conscientiously say the same. I am in a little country school, one where we have quality in teacher and pupils. We love her very much, for how could we do otherwise, when she is so good to us all? Our school opened Nov. 4 and will end March 6, to the regret of every pupil. I have completed United States and Texas history this year. One word to the boys of all country schools: Never come to the conclusion you know more than your teacher, and that the town school is the very place for you. It is as much or more in the boy than the school. Push yourself and the teacher will ever be ready and willing to lend a helping hand. Look at the great men of our land and see how many went to school in the country, and even lived in houses worse than the common barns of to-day -- log cabins -- but finally reached the "white house." Cousins, let's use ink, and then if Peggy gets our letters we can have the pleasure of knowing they made her teeth ugly, and perhaps turned her against paper. We know ink is injurious to the teeth, and if Peggy has any mule sense at all she knows this too. So now be careful how many "pen" letters you give her, Mr. Big Hat, or you will have to have some dental work done for her. Say, Mr. Big Hat, this is March, and if you prize that long-eared beast that gets her name in everybody's letter you had better not let her ears catch full of wind, for if you do it will be "Good-bye mule," and some of us will be mean enough to say, "hurrah for that!" Won't some of the pretty girls write to W. C. Williams of Waxahachie? I can not guess his age, but I guess he wants a correspondent of about 19 or 20. I would like to ask a few questions: When and where was the first public school of Texas? Who said: "The first act in the great drama is now performed: the Republic of Texas is no more?" What was the last official act of President Jackson? I send 25 cents for the Sam Houston monument.
DELLA OLIVER, Mount Vernon, Franklin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to enter the Cozy Corner. I am the twin of Stella Oliver, who wrote last week. Our school was out last Friday, and I am completely lost. I feel that if I can do nothing else I can feed Peggy a few lines. We need not be surprised if Peggy gets our first letter, for practice only makes perfect. Stella and I are housekeepers now, as big sister goes to school. We are learning to arrange things as nicely as sister. Cousins, do you like to keep house? Most people here are afraid to stir about now, for measles is raging. I am so delighted with the idea that spring is near, for that means gathering flowers and canning fruits. Joe Farmer, come again. I liked your letter. Florence Cahoon, I think Sam Houston did the most for the Lone Star state,. Jennette Cline, I think it is nice to walk as much as a mile to school in such a climate as we have; but I should not like to walk a mile, or even two or three blocks, through snow three feet deep. I hope you will like the "Texas Boys and Girls' Doings" in the future. Can any one tell if there is a monument to honor of S. F. Austin? Mr. Big Hat, I inclose 10 cents in stamps for the Sam Houston stone fund.
JENNIE BARR, Bailey, Fannin Co., Tex. -- Good evening, Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins! Here I come to have a chat with you again. Do I come too often? My school is to be out in two weeks. I will be sorry for I love to go to school. We had an entertainment at the schoolhouse last night. My brother is at home. He is going to high school at Leonard, Tex. He came out to the institute at Bailey. We are going to have an exhibition when the school is out. My papa and mamma and my brothers have gone hunting to-night. Mr. Big Hat, do you like to hunt? Cousins, we have a dog that has ears that looks like Peggy's. Cousin Magnolia Horsley, I will answer one of your questions. Buchanan was the bachelor president. I will ask some questions. Which of the presidents had the most children? Which of the presidents could not write until after he was married? Which of the presidents was the oldest when he died? Mr. Big Hat, I will send 15 cents to the Sam Houston memorial stone fund. Do any of the cousins' birthday come on the 29th of February? I have a sister who has the 29th for a birthday. Cousin Lula Kirk, come again. I like your letters.
PAULINE ANDERSON, Carthage, Panola Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Please stuff Peggy, for this is a little stranger coming now, who dreads that old mule. Miss Eubanks, Benjamin Franklin was called Poor Richard. It is raining, and the day is dark and dreary. I have played until I am tired and lonesome. It rains so much that my brother and I walk on tomwalkers (if you know what they are), to keep our feet out of the mud. But I have to hide them from mamma, because, she says, it is too tom-boyish for a girl. I wish Miss Emma B. would come here to live. I hope she can find something to do if she does come south, but without God this is a hard world for women and girls. The girls all try to do something to help make a living. There is plenty to do, and it is only the girls who have a vacuum in their heads that look down on those who try to do something to help make a living. I go to the dear old Methodist Sunday school every Sunday. My teacher has offered a prize to the one that goes the most and knows the lessons best. I live about half a mile from town. Mr. Big Hat, I would like to join your Summer School. I would like very much to take a ride on Peggy, but I expect I would have to get some spurs. Cousins, let us quit talking about pets, for it is disgusting. How many of the cousins know the ten commandments? I do, but I don't keep them as I ought. I am 12 years old.
M. BELLE BURGAN, Morgan, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Hello, Mr. Big Hat: The Cozy Corner is getting so interesting I can not longer refrain from writing. Miss Minnie Loveless, the answer to your question is Pocahontas. It has been so long since I wrote I expect Mr. Big Hat and the cousins have forgotten me. Miss Cora Cleveland, you and I don't live very far apart, do we? I have been to Kimball many a time, but never saw you. Oh, I do wish I could write such letters as Maudie Carson, Mabel Davidson, Maudie Munden, Ola Tandy, Maudie Bateman, Lillie Fields, Florence Evans and Nellie Moss write. My age is between 15 and 17 years, and I would like to correspond with some of the cousins. I have two little pet dogs. Their names are Corbett and Fitzsimmons. Boys, boys, now is your chance. Put on your thinking caps; just let your mind have full play, and tell us what you think about girls, for you will soon know what the girls think about you. Don't use more than 150 words, and tell us just what you think girls are good for, what their failings are and in what they excel.
BELLE BRADLEY, Corsicana, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Have you room enough for one more little girl 10 years old? We lived in Corsicana six years and now we live at our home in the country and we are going to school out here. I like to go to school and I like my teacher. Our school will be out in a week and two days. Florence Giddens, why don't you write again? Your letters are so interesting. Papa has been taking this paper for two years and I like it very much. I will ask a question: What two chapters in the Bible are alike?
STELLA FRANKLIN, Marrowbone, Cumberland Co., Ky. -- Dear little folks: My brother here is a subscriber to The News and I also have a brother living in Pendletonville, Tex. He came to see us Christmas and said he liked Texas well. He said he wouldn't live in Kentucky again if they would make him a deed of the whole state. I also have a sister living in Cleburne, Tex. She has been there about four years and hasn't been back to see us yet. I hope my brother and sister will see my letter. I am 14 years old. I go to school every fall and I am always glad when my school begins. Mamma said she would like to go to Texas to see brother and sister, but I think mamma is too old to take such a long trip. I like to live in this neighborhood, for there are some nice churches here. It is about four miles from our house to our postoffice, and when brother gets his paper I read every letter written by the young folks. I do like to read them, for they are so nice and some of them are so funny.
JESSE Q. LOCKE, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I feel it my duty to say something to Peggy first, for I guess she got my other letter. Peggy, if you will not eat this one I'll send something to the Houston stone fund, and I'll try my best to write to suit you. Cousins, we should show Mr. Big Hat that we appreciate his kindness by writing good letters and complying with the rules. How many of you cook, make beds, sweep and wash for your mother? I do. I washed to-day. The wind whistles out of doors and makes me feel anxious. About whom? About Mr. Big Hat. I am afraid it might blow him off. You know he sits between Peggy's ears. Unless he gets hold of one and holds on tight our "little man" may get blown off and hurt. I enjoyed reading Marie Taylor's and Joe Farmer's letters in the last issue. Marie and Joe, come again. Let us all welcome our Chicago cousin. I know she must be lonesome away up there, so far away from the Cozy Corner. Cousins, here are two verses I composed on "Country Life:"
live in a very little house,
you fine city chaps,
I will answer Dora Linney's question: How can the hair stand on end? Wherever hair exists tiny muscles are found interlaced among the fibers of the skin. These when contracting under the influence of cold pucker up the skin and cause the hair to stand on end. Is there any feeling in a hair? No. Why can not an animal stand erect, as a man does? In animals the paws are so heave and the place where the head and spine join is so far back that there can be no balance, as there is in man. How many bones are there in the body? Two hundred. One of Hattie Friends' questions was: What is the nebulae theory? The nebulae theory is accepted by almost all astronomers. It supposes that all the bodies constituting the solar system were originally one mass of matter in a nebulous, or cloud-like condition. From causes unknown to us parts of it successively condensed and became semi-solid. Being detached or thrown off from the general mass these formed the various members of the solar system. The sun is considered to be a portion of nebulous matter in an incandescent state, owing perhaps to chemical and physical changes going on amid its elements. I will ask a few questions: How may we strengthen the brain? What is the practical use of hunger? Who said: "I fear three newspapers more than 100,000 bayonets?" Who was first to point out that air had weight and under what circumstances? Emma Breckenridge, if you want a home, I expect you could get one here. For particulars address M. B. Locke, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto county, Texas. Mr. Big, who answers those questions in the Tuesday issue on page 4, and who is allowed to ask them? My age is 9,675,360 minutes. Mr. Big Hat, you will find enclosed a postoffice order for $1 for the Houston memorial stone fund and also the names of the contributors.
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MAY MIXSON, Bruceville, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: After an absence of about four months, I try again to get a letter off to you and the cousins. You don't know how many letters I have started to you, but I have left them all uncompleted. Mr. Big Hat, I must begin by thanking you for my diploma, which I received several weeks ago, and I can assure you that I am very grateful to you for it. All of the children coming to school and the teachers went to the woods yesterday and gathered violets. I never saw so many in all my life. Each one of the children filled their dinner baskets and buckets, and there were about 100 scholars and three teachers. The woods are prettier than I ever saw them before. We all started about 1 o'clock for the woods. We went to the creek and wandered up and down the banks, trying to cross, but we were not successful, and should be glad of it, because we found millions of violets on the side we were on. We went up hills and down hills until we came to a low place between two hills, and there we were loaded down with the flowers. We found many lovely plum blooms, but we did not gather many, because they do not stay pretty long. We gathered flowers till we couldn't have carried more, and then we went to the top of the hill and arranged them while we were resting. We stayed there about half an hour, and then we started on our homeward march. We came to a rattan tree, and we finally persuaded one of the boys to climb it for us. They were the sweetest I ever tasted. When we reached the schoolhouse it was 4 o'clock, so we all departed for home. A great many of our best writers haven't written in about six months. For our sake, if not for their own, we want them to write again.
EDWARD DRAKE, Springer, Indian Territory > Springer, Carter Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: In the first letter I wrote I asked a question for information, and Cousin Mae Burge of Ector, Tex., gave the answer. The question was: Who first discovered the use of steam as applied to power? Since asking the question I have found out. Papin of France was the first to discover it, in 1690. He operated the first piston by steam, which acted only on one side of the piston. He was born in 1650 and died in 1710. Savery in 1697 first employed steam power in doing useful work. His piston was like Pain's and took steam on one side only, the pressure of the atmosphere being admitted to the other side. James Watt was the first to make the complete steam engine. Robert Fulton did not discover steam. He was the introducer, rather than the discoverer. I will ask a question: Where can I obtain a biography of George Washington? I solicit correspondence from boys and girls.
OSCAR LEE LEWIS, Oak Cliff, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little boy of 10 summers, and live across the river from Dallas, in the beautiful city of Oak Cliff. I go to public school on Tenth street, and am in the high third grade. I like to go very much. I think a great deal of my teacher. I go to Sunday school and church every Sunday. I have the same teacher at Sunday school that I do at the public school. I have two pets, a dog and a pony. My dog is a large Newfoundland and he is very smart. He can almost talk. My pony is very gentle to ride or work. I like to read the cousins' letters. This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner.
STARLEY F. ALFORD, Groesbeck, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here is another boy to join the band. I love to read the cousins' letters very much. I see Mr. Big Hat has quit riding his donkey and gone to walking again. This is my first attempt to write to the little men and women. I live seven miles from Groesbeck, but I board in Groesbeck and go to school. I like to go to school and learn my lessons and try to get a good education, and hope to become a smart man. I go home every Friday evening and stay till Sunday evening. I am 13 years old, and in the fifth grade. I will ask a question: What victories did Scott win before entering Mexico?
GEORGE KENNEDY, Groesbeck, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have written before and my letter was not published, and was not among the list of unpublished letters, so I thought it advisable to write again. I think that Peggy is awful good to give us a whole page of the grand old News in which to publish our letters. I think The News is one of the grandest and greatest papers of the south. I like to read its columns but the grandest of all is the page "For Little Men and Women." I am 13 years old and live with my brother-in-law, Mr. H. E. Ellis, correspondent from this little city for The News. I haven't but one pet, which is a little pet calf, which I have reared from its earliest days. I go to school and am in the sixth grade. I am also taking lessons in composition. I am in the A class. I like to go to school and learn my lessons, so that when I am grown I will have a good education and be fitted to occupy a worthy position in life.
MYRA L. BROWN, Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been out in the yard reading the many interesting letters of the cousins. It was so very pleasant out in the spring air, with nothing to disturb me at all, though occasionally my little sister would tell me that her bed was better than mine, as were lying down on pallets. And then presently up stepped Alzada Bowman. We are writing to you, Elmer Davis. I don't think Lauretta has any right to hit you any hard blows; but then I don't think she meant any, for you write a very nice letter, especially for a boy. I was very glad to see a letter from Lexie Patty and also one from Ethel Strand. I used to go to school with Ethel, but she now goes to the Franklin school and I go to the Central. And so I seldom see her now. Hattie Minor, my little sister used to live in Goldthwaite with grandmother. Perhaps you know the latter. Her name is Mrs. Caldwell, and I also have an aunt there. We have moved since I last wrote and I like this part of town very much. Papa gave me an autoharp for a Christmas present, and I can play eight or ten pieces on it. Reba Guinn, I think Miss Big Bonnet is Mr. Big Hat's sister. We girls play a game with marbles at school called checks. Cousins, I believe that there are enough children by the name of Brown that write to the Cozy corner to fill it up. Mable L. Sweetman's letter was nice. Hattie Friend, Sam Houston died July 26, 1863. Eddie Rosamond, the Erie canal crosses New York. Roy Strong has a very smart dog. I have visited a sheep ranch where they had a very smart dog. It was over in Bosque county. I am now 13 years old. Will no one answer my question which I asked in my last letter? Mr. Big Hat I send you a bunch of wild flowers which we gathered on the prairie a few minutes ago and also a little grass for Peggy, so she can not eat my letter, although she has never eaten any yet. Poor thing. I hope she will relish it extremely well.
DORA BENNETT, Saltillo, Hopkins Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat! It has been some time since I have written to the department, but I have not forgotten it. Mr. Big Hat or the cousins, especially those who have taken such a kindly interest in me and have done so much in making my weary hours of confinement hours of the keenest pleasure. To all such I say, May heaven's richest blessings rest upon you in this life, and when your eyes are closed in that sleep that knows no waking may you receive the plaudit, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Earl Gilliean will accept my thanks for some cards sent recently; also Etta Young for a quilt square. I lack four squares of having enough for my quilt. Some one wanted to know whom I thought sent the prettiest square. I don't know which one might look best to an uninterested observer, but to me they all look alike, each one having a peculiar interest, and after I have looked at them separately I declare they are all the prettiest. The reason I have not written sooner is that my dear mother has been in very bad health for some time, and is not any better yet, but I hope for a change soon. For fear of Peggy's ravenous appetite I will say no more now, but will write again soon.
ADOLPH DREYER, Shiner, Lavaca Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: After an absence of about two months I thought I would write again. Some cousins write about going fishing. I could go every day if I had time to spare, because my papa owns a large tract of land on the Guadalupe river, which is a good fishing place. But when school dismisses in the evening, I have to feed the horses, cows and hogs, and the rest of the time I am attending school, which I think is better than fishing. Don't you think so, Mr. Big Hat? Cousins, don't you think Peggy's photograph is a dandy? I sure think so. Now, I will give a description of our land near the Guadalupe river. It is a level valley, and most of the soil is black. We have nearly 1000 acres in cultivation, of which the average production of cotton is about two-thirds to three-fourths of a bale to the acre; corn 70 to 80 bushels. Besides it we raise large crops of potatoes and sugar cane. We have about 350 acres of prairie yet, which is not in cultivation, and the rest is bottom land, on which grow large crops of pecans. Joe Dawson, come again; you write such good letters. I will answer Bonnie Evans' questions: West Virginia was admitted to the union in the year 1863. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins.
WILHELMINA JOHNSON, Austin, Travis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: As you are so obliging as to publish our letters, I concluded to write to your department. Unlike the other cousins, I have no pets, except six brothers, but they don't get much petting from me. I noticed very few of the cousins from the Capital city write. What is the matter with you, cousins? It won't do to let Galveston, Houston and other places beat Austin. Jennie Faulkner, you are an old classmate of mine. Do you remember how all of the junior classes of the high school had to remain in on election day, November, 1892? And another time when we were trying fortunes in school? We have gotten bravely over such mischievous conduct now, yet we are not old. Joe Dawson of Italy, come again. I believe you are a good boy, and if you will write first, I will write to you. I would be glad if some of you would write to me. I am between 15 and 25 years old. Some one asked what occupation we would choose (were it necessary for us to choose). Once, I intended to be a school teacher, but I decided they were a class to be pitied, so gave that up. How, I am in doubt about an occupation, but suppose I shall end by choosing nothing. Genevieve Myrdock, did you know that some girls couldn't climb trees? Did you fall when you got to the top? I will ask: "For what were the Spartans renowned?" I am a girl, too.
Dawson, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat:
SILAS W. GRANBERRY, Douglassville, Cass Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you be kind enough to open the door and let a silent admirer join your happy band -- one who has read The News for many years? I am nearly scared to death on Peggy's account, for if she gets this letter the buzzards will surely have a feast. I am going to school now, so I have not much time to write. I am studying orthography, Wentworth's Higher Algebra, United States history, physical geography, Cicero's orations, Ray's Higher Arithmetic and physiology. A cousin came to see me Christmas near Texarkana. You may be sure that we had a big time. We went to a party or a ball every night. As it is customary for the cousins to tell their ages, I suppose I will have to tell mine, but I had rather take a whipping, so I will not tell it plainly, but will give you all an example, the answer to which is my age. The cube of two, squared, multiplied by four; then extract the fourth root and square. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins.
Crockett, Houston Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here
I am, after an absence of nearly six months. I received my diploma
a few days ago, and think it is the prettiest one I have. I appreciate
my diplomas very much, and I think I will study the questions
next summer, if I don't answer the examination questions.
WILLIE BEATY, Roland, Collin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the Cozy Corner for quite a while and must say I find it as interesting as any other part of your paper. I wish you would publish it twice a week. I am a boy 15 years old and go to school at Ashgrove. My teacher keeps a good school there. Our school will last six or seven weeks longer and then I must take hold of the plow handles. We have all been laughing over Peggy. It seems to me that her ears get longer all the time and I think she ought to have something more to eat than a monotonous diet of letters, for I do believe from her looks she is an easy, good for nothing sort of a creature, so I am in sympathy with her. This is my first letter, and as I am a reader of your paper, I would like to be a corespondent also. I must say that of all the letters I've read I like Nellie Moss' best. So come again, Miss Nellie. I attend Sunday school at Liberty every Sunday.
HALLIE BUCHANAN, Whitesboro, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little girl 9 years of age. Perhaps it will interest the cousins for me to tell the way in which our class in school celebrated Longfellow's birthday on the 27th of February. Our teacher told us some time before to learn some nice little poem that Longfellow had written. We had been studying some of his poems all the session and so had grown fond of him and his works. I learned the poem called "The Children's House." Rachel Goode, one of the class recited "The Rainy Day." Another chose to speak "The Village Blacksmith." There were also several other poems recited, but perhaps I had better not consume any more space with the programme. Altogether it was a very pleasant afternoon and we shall long remember Longfellow's birthday. I am sure he is one of the most noted American poets and I am glad to read and learn from so good and kind a man as I am sure he was. I think I am answering correctly a question asked in last week's paper: The Erie canal crosses New York state. I inclose 10 cents for the Sam Houston memorial stone fund.
DOLLIE GODFREY, Whitesboro, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: I have been thinking about writing to the Cozy Corner for a long time. I have two sisters and four brothers. I am 11 years old and am in the sixth grade. I like physiology and grammar best of my studies. We had examination in arithmetic Friday. I got the next to the highest mark given in the class, which was ninety. A little boy got the highest, which was ninety-one. Watts invented the locomotive. I will answer Minnie Burleson's question: If a snail climbing a post twenty feet high ascends five feet a day and slips down four feet at night it would take it sixteen days to get to the top. The battle of Bunker Hill occurred in the year 1776. Elmer Davis, it was Milam who captured San Antonio. Pocahontas married a man named John Rolf. Austin was imprisoned in Mexico nineteen months. I will ask some questions: What newspaper was it that was printed in the interest of the blind? Where and when was it established?
CORA FULLER, Manor, Travis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: We take The News and think it is very interesting. I dearly love to read the cousins' letters. Mr. Big Hat, I think it is very kind in you to give us a whole page in your paper. I hope Peggy will be in Dallas when my letter reaches Galveston. I am going to school, and I like the teacher. Mr. Big Hat, come down in May and help us eat peaches. We had a nice lot last year. I have no pets at all except a little brother and sister. Mr. Big Hat, next time you print Miss Big Bonnet's picture in the paper, leave her bonnet off, so we can tell whether she is pretty or not. We have part of our garden planted. I will not describe our home this time but I will next time. I go to Swedish Sunday school. I am not forty yet.
HALLIE CAMILLE RANSOM, Corsicana, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I have been begging my mamma a long time to write a letter for me to The News. I am a little girl, 7 years old. I can not write much, but I love to read, and I enjoy reading the letters to Mr. Big Hat. I don't go to school yet. Papa thinks I am too little, but I am very anxious to begin. We have lots of fun at home. I have five sisters and one little baby brother. I have a pretty little black-eyed sister named Grace, who does a great many funny things. My big sister, Minnie, has a pet hen, a very large one, and Grace wanted some little chickens; so she got some Irish potatoes and onions out of the kitchen and put [them] under the hen. The next day she drove the hen off the nest and was very much disappointed because she didn't find any little chickens. Grace, Maud and I had lots of fun on my birthday, which came a short time ago. It poured down rain all day, but papa sent us plenty of ginger snaps, apples and candy, and we had little dinners nearly every hour. The next morning when Maud, who is 3 years old, waked up, she looked all over the room and then asked: "Papa, where is Millie's birthday now; is it lost? Maud is very cute and sweet, but she gets mad sometimes, and then she calls everybody a "little orphan." She thinks that is a terrible word, and gets in a good humor as soon as she says it. I must stop now, or I will tire you out. Love to all the cousins. I know Louise Groce well. We play together often when she comes to visit her grandmother in Corsicana.
ALZADA BOWMAN, Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: This is Sunday and a very pretty one it is. We have had so much rain that I am glad when we have a pretty day like this. I am spending the evening with Myra Lee Brown, and we are writing together. Bessie Smith, a sifter is not the answer to my riddle, but try again. To-morrow is my birthday and I will be 11 years old. The cousin who asked about "Higgledy, piggledy," please answer it, for no one else can, and I am anxious to know. Myra Brown and myself want to go flower gathering this evening. Hattie Friend, the battle of San Jacinto was fought on April 21, 1836. Eddie Rosamond, the Erie canal crosses New York state. Now, I will ask the cousins some questions: What is it that goes all over the world, yet never moves? The more you cut it the longer it grows? Mable Sweetman's letter was very interesting. Mr. Big Hat, I send to you a bunch of wild flowers and some grass for Peggy so she will be feasting while you look at my letter.
OLLIE SPRAGUE, Bonham, Fannin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just finished reading the cousins' letters so I will ask admittance into your Cozy Corner. This is my first attempt to write to The News. My cousin, who is staying at our house, takes it and I like it very much, especially the Cozy Corner. I had to stop school because I was afraid of the measles. I hated to stop very much. I live about a quarter of a mile from school. I study six studies. We have map-drawing in our school and I like it very much. Miss Big Bonnet, come again; you write such interesting letters. The next time you get into your big brother's chair turn around so I can see you, then I will tell you whether you are pretty or ugly. Mr. Big Hat, I feel sorry for you, but you must not kick the ball so hard the next time, and you won't have a sore toe. I am a girl of 14 years. I will answer some questions: Florence Cahoon, George Washington was the father of our country. Walter T. Williams, I will answer your riddle: It is a glove. Now I will ask some questions: Who called himself the Ironhanded? Where is Washington buried and how tall was he? By whom was South America discovered and when? Nellie Moss, Myrtle Fields and Minnie Stephens, come again. You write very interesting letters.
FLORENCE CAHOON, Temple, Bell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I hope you will not think I am writing too often, but when I read such nice letters from all over Texas, and see so many questions asked, I can not wait. So if Peggy gets this I will know you want me to wait a while and give some one else a chance. I think Florence Evans' description of Greenville was just splendid. I would like to give you a description of Temple, but as I think Peggy will get this I will wait, but will tell you what it is called -- "the City of Mud," for it is so muddy here when it rains. I would not advise Mr. Big Hat to come here as I see him in the picture, for I am sure Peggy would get stuck in the mud, and then, as Nellie Moss says, all he could do would be to shake his ears. We had a very nice concert at the high school auditorium arbor day. It was all given by little children, and it was splendid. We had a very large American flag and they raised it as we sang "The Star-Spangled Banner." I am very glad to see a letter from Chicago. Jennette Cline, you must write often. We like to get letters from places so far off. I have some cousins and a very dear friend living in Chicago. There are several questions I will answer. Dora Linney's was: "How can the hair stand on end?" When one gets very frightened the electricity in the hair makes it stand on end. And, "Is there any feeling in hair?" No, for there are no nerves in it but at the root. There are nerves there, for when it is pulled it hurts. Magnolia Horsley's questions were: "Who wrote the declaration of independence?" Thomas Jefferson did. And "Who was called the great pacificator?" Henry Clay. Louise Groce's was: "What is the first thing you do when you fall into the water?" Get wet. Amos Barber's was: "Who said: "Veni, vidi, vici!" and what does it mean?" It was Caesar who said it, and it means: "I came, I saw, I conquered."
CARRIE WRIGHT, Caddo Mills, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will come in and chat a while if Peggy lets this escape. Caddo Mills is situated ten miles from Greenville and forty-five miles from Dallas. It is a small but business place on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railway. We have a splendid school building, with about 200 scholars. We also have a Baptist and Christian church. I haven't written to The News before in about five years. I then resided at Barry. Jennette Cline, write again and tell us something of your city. I suppose there is a great deal of difference in Texas and Illinois. I think the Sam Houston memorial stone is a grand thing, and it can and should be carried out to successful completion. Dora Linney, your questions were: (1) How can the hair stand on end? 2. Is there any feeling in a hair? (3) How many bones are there in the body? (1) It is by the muscular fiber, and when this fiber contracts it pulls up the hair and makes the skin around it project like a pimple. In this way the hair is made to stand on end. (2) There is no feeling in a hair (3) There are 206 bones in the body. Stella Oliver, you asked: What is it that hangs and bears and never blooms? It is figs. Magnolia Horsley, Henry Clay was the "Great Pacificator." Jefferson was styled "the Sage of Monticello." James Buchanan was the bachelor president. What country owns the most ships and carries the most commerce? When was the sewing machine invented, and by whom? Who is the present poet laureate of England? For whom was Constantinople named? Who said: "We have lived long, but this is the noblest work of our lives?"
LENA LOVELESS, Forney, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the Cozy Corner for some time, and have become so interested that I can't resist writing any longer and asking admittance into the band. I am a little girl, 10 years old. I go to school and like my teacher very much. My mamma is a widow. Papa has been dead four years. I have two little brothers, one 7 and one 5 years old. I have two canaries. They sing sweetly. I have many toys and a large doll. I took her on a visit with me, and the conductor asked me where was the baby's ticket. I send 25 cents for the Sam Houston stone.
SALLIE A. LILES, Thorndale, Milam Co., Tex. --- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Seeing no letter from here, I thought I would write one this beautiful morning. I came to Texas in October to assist one of my friends in teaching a literary school. I like to teach, and am happy when I am in the schoolroom. Our school began the 11th of November and will close the 19th of March. We have seventy pupils enrolled. My friend, Mrs. Prescott, will continue to teach a subscription school till June, but I will go to her home and study all the summer, and will have a school of my own next winter. I will go to my home in Alabama after my school closes. Sometimes I want to see the folks very much, but the months are gliding by very swiftly and it will soon be time to go home and see them. I've one sister and one brother at home, both younger than myself, and a papa and mamma. We are going to have a singing convention at Conoley (that's our church) the second Sunday in March. I do like to sing especially in a convention. This is my first attempt to write to you, and I hope I am welcome. I am 16 years of age. I solicit correspondence from both boys and girls.
PEARL MASSEY, Equality, Harrison Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I am a girl 11 years old, and I study six studies. As a great many cousins tell about their pets, I will tell about mine. I have two cats, one large brindle one that weighs eleven pounds; the other is a black and white spotted cat that catches many mice, though sometimes I am very sorry for the poor little mice. I have two pretty dolls. We live in the country, about three miles from Harleton, a nice little village. I can tell Louise Grace what is the first thing one does when one falls in the water. It is to get wet. Mr. Big Hat, I guess that you got well fanned on your recent tour, for Peggy's ears look like they would make excellent fans. I am very anxious for Miss Big Bonnet to write again, and I want to see her picture. Mr. Big Hat, I write with my left hand. Don't you think I do very well? I enjoy reading the little folks' letters, especially those that tell about their pets, but my big sister says she likes to read letters like the one Marie Taylor wrote last week. I will answer James Taylor's question: The longest river in the world is the Nile, in Africa.
WILLIAM P. GODFREY, Mountain Peak, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Little Big Hat and cousins: As I found my other letter printed in the Cozy Corner I thought I would write another one. I am still going to school. Our free school is nearly out. We have a very good literary society at Mount Peak. There are several members. I will answer some of Dora Linney's questions: (1.) She asked what made the hair stand on end. Because when we get excited the muscles of the head contract, thus causing the hair to stand on end. (2.) She asked if there is any feeling in the hair. There is not. (3.) Why do not animals stand erect? They do, according to their form. (4.) She asked how many bones in the body. There are about 200. I will ask some questions on physiology: Is the eyeball really sensitive? What is the size of the brain? Which is the more injurious, smoking or chewing tobacco? I noticed in one of the cousin's letters a mistake in an answer to a question. It was about which is the longest river in the world. A cousin said that it is the Amazon. He is mistaken; it is the Mississippi, counting its tributaries. I hope Peggy will get mad at my letter and kick it into the press so it will be published, as there is no one else writing from Mount Peak.
LAURA E. TAYLOR, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: As you express a desire that the cousins make as good a showing as possible this week I send another dollar and 5 cents that I have collected since I wrote last, hoping that it will reach you in time to be acknowledged with the rest. I suppose I am far behind many of the cousins, but find consolation in the reflection that while I am falling behind the enterprise is getting ahead and that is the chief object, with all of us -- that and a desire for Mr. Big Hat's approval. I have another motive in writing to-day. If it is possible to do so at this late date will you please credit my whole contribution of $6.10 to Anna and Laura Taylor alone. My sister Anna is two years older than I and wishes to join the cousins. She sends 25 cents for the fund. We collected the money together and would like to enter the contest together as I see two brothers are doing.
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MIMMIE DU BOSE, Bruceville, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I believe some weeks have elapsed since I last wrote to the Corner. Well, spring is [al]most here, and aren't you all glad? I, for one, am, for I prefer spring weather to the kind of weather we've had this winter. Let me tell you about our violet hunting. Our teacher took us to the woods. We started at 1 o'clock and reached the creek about 2;. The sky was not so blue as it might have been, and there were no birds to make the woods ring with their music, and the woods weren't full of flowers of the colors of the rainbow. But there were lots of violets, daisies, candytufts, ferns and cedar. The trees were just budding and the wild plum bushes were in bloom. We got back to the schoolhouse about 4 o'clock, after having spent a pleasant afternoon. Cousins, to-day is the day on which Texas declared her independence. That day should be dear, indeed, to every Texan heart, when we think of the noble lives laid down in defense of our beautiful land. Think of those brave men who died in the Alamo, and those who were massacred at Goliad. This should inspire each child of Texas to work the harder to place a stone over the grave of its brave defender, Houston. He fought against awful odds, yet won our independence. It should stir every drop of patriotic blood which flows within our veins. The day is made doubly dear when, on another March 2, we were told we might enter the union of states, and on the 2d of the same month we became one of the United States, and (except during the civil war) from that time till this, our star has shown brightly among the grand constellation of stars. I am 16 years of age.
PEARL WOOD, Bruceville, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Papa takes your paper, and I love to read the cousins' letters first. I am 12 years old. I go to school. I am nearly through my arithmetic. My deskmate is Lillie Miles. I like all my schoolmates. We have so many pretty flowers here in the spring. I think we have every kind of rose you could mention. I wish you, Mr. Big Hat, would come to see me. I live in a large white house, on a farm, and we have a great big tank in the pasture. We could fish or boat ride, if you are not afraid to get in an old boat. Wouldn't we have fun. On what river was the first steamboat sailed?
NELIA PRUITT, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another 12-year-old Texas girl who wants to join you. I have been reading the cousins' letters for some time. I think the Cozy Corner is improving very fast. I am glad when Sunday comes so I can read the cousins' letters. I would like to have the cousins write to me. What has become of Mary West? I think she writes splendid letters. I have two pets, a parrot and a cat. The parrot is near 3 years old. This is my first letter to the Cozy Corner. Miss Big Bonnet, next time you get into your brother 's chair you must turn round so I can see your face.
IRA NEWBERRY, Arlington, Tarrant Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the cousins' letters for some time, and enjoy them so much that I thought I would write and tell you something about Arlington. It is situated on the Texas and Pacific railroad, between Dallas and Fort Worth, and is called the half-way town. We have twelve stores and two drug stores and four churches, also a good college. I am taking music from an excellent teacher. I like music very much. I am not in school now, but when I go I am in the fourth grade. I am studying at home some. I have no pets except two little sisters. If I knew sure that Peggy would get this I would inclose a teacake. I guess it would be the sweetest letter that she ever ate. I see now why Mr. Big Hat has to ride between Peggy's ears, because there is no room on his back. The letter basket takes it all up. My age is 9 years.
FANNIE HASSELL, Iowa [Park], Wichita Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to The News. I read the cousins letter and like them very much. I am not going to school now. Our school is out. I live two miles from Iowa. It is a pleasant place here. I help papa in the field. I haven't any pets except a calf. I have three brothers and four sisters. We have been having some warm weather, but it is a little cool now, and looks like rain. My age is 13 years.
PET L. KELLEY, Paris, Lamar Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As my letter was printed before I will attempt a second one. While we do not feel offended when our letters are not printed we feel disappointed and wish we had not written, but if they are not printed we may know that something was wrong with them or Mr. Big Hat would have taken pleasure in favoring us. this is Sunday and the sun is shining very bright. Everything is as quiet as can be, so that is the reason I chose this day to write. Cousins, are you not glad that we have an early Easter? I am. Then the beautiful sunshiny days will return once more with a smile by every one. Besides the beautiful days we have the sweet flowers, the green grass, the tall shade trees and the sweet little birds that sing so enchantingly. After the long dreary winter spring seems to come with a bound as if she were as glad to see us as we are to see her. She stays with us quite a while and after her comes the sultry summer. Some welcome her, but I do not and get very tired before she goes. Bonnie Evans, West Virginia was admitted into the union June 20, 1863. Edward Drake, Robert Fulton invented steam power. Hallie Mabel Wolcott, William Penn was born in London in 1644 and John Tyler died in the year 1868. Maud Bateman, the battle of Bunker Hill was preceded by prayer. Jane Francis Dora Linney, it was Magellan that first circumnavigated the globe. Emma Miller, your letter was very nice. Reba Smith, why don't you write again? You are missed very much. Mr. Big Hat, I am going to place your picture in the coziest place in the sitting-room. Miss Big Bonnet, when you have some pictures taken you must be sure and have it published. Then I shall send for one of yours, so that you can't say you were slighted. I would also like to have a photo of each of the cousins. I will ask some questions: What were the Seven Wonders of the World? Who were the Seven Wise Men? Who were accused of murdering ten kings or sons of kings? What city was destroyed by silence? Where is the palace of Forty Pillars? When did Benjamin Franklin die?
DAVE KINNAMON, Cedar Hill, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As this is my first letter to the Cozy Corner I am afraid that Peggy will get it. Papa has been taking your paper over a year and we think it is fine. I live two miles east of Cedar Hill and twenty miles from Dallas. I am 15 years old and have six brothers living and one dead. I have two sisters living and one dead. My little baby brother and my sister that is dead were twins. My little 3-year-old brother is a cripple. He can't walk, but has to stay in a big chair most all the time. We moved to Cedar Hill from Talladega, Ala., in August, 1891. Then the next year papa rented a place which had 150 acres in cultivation. We are still farming on the same place, but we are going to move in the valley near Midlothian next year. I like farming and think it is a good occupation. Last year cotton and small grain around this settlement were very sorry, but corn made a good crop. Papa aimed to plant seventy acres in cotton this year. I like to pick cotton, but the most I ever picked in a day was 220 pounds.
JEWEL CLIFTON, Whitney, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I have never written to The News I will make an attempt. I am going to school. I am in the fifth grade. I like to go to school very much. I am 10 years old. My deskmate's name is Grace Carder. She is in all my classes. I have seven studies, but I like my geography and arithmetic the best. I have one sister and three brothers. I am glad when Sunday comes, for I can read the cousins' letters. I go to the Methodist Sunday school.
AARON ROBERTS, Garrett, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little boy asking for admittance to the cousins' corner. I am 8[?] years old, and have no brothers and but one sister. I live one mile west of Garrett on the Waxahachie tap railroad. My papa is a farmer. I love to read the nice little letters from the many cousins. I have been going to school some, but have been sick with the measles. I will go again when the weather gets warmer. I like my teacher very much. Well, Mr. Big Hat, what do you and Peggy study? I have some pets -- one dog and two cats. My dog loves to run rabbits, but can not catch them. He is too fat to run fast. Mr. Big Hat, give Peggy some oats and he will not want so many letters to eat.
ALICE GRIFFIN, Cusseta, Cass Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been some time since I have written to you. I don't write often, but I haven't forgotten you. I go to school now. I take seven studies and could take more if I had time for them. I have a splendid teacher. I love to go to school. I live one mile and a half from Cusseta. It has six houses, one store and postoffice. I have four brothers and three sisters. Two of my sisters are married. One of them lives in Colorado county, Texas, and the other one lives close to us. All of my brothers are single, but one stays from home all the time. How many of the cousins have pets? I have ten, two nieces, two nephews, two cousins, one little sister, a cat, a horse and a cow. I have two grandmothers and no grandfather. Mammas has four sisters, and five brothers. None of them use tobacco or snuff, and three of her brothers are preachers. My age is 12 years.
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